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July 15, 2014 2 Comments By Ziad Alhasso

The claim

fiction108 FactCheck: has Cameron solved the women problem?“If elected, by the end of our first Parliament I want a third of all my ministers to be female.”
David Cameron, 30 April 2009

The background

Critics have called it the Conservatives’ “women problem”. A failure to promote women to top cabinet posts, and fears that the Tories are losing the female vote.

Rightly or wrongly, this week’s cabinet reshuffle has been interpreted as a strategic bid to end all that.

Mr Cameron has been taunted by the opposition at Prime Minister’s Questions after turning up with an all-male front bench.

How do the numbers stack up now?

16 cameron morgan r FactCheck: has Cameron solved the women problem?

The cabinet

There are now five women in the cabinet instead of three, following the promotion of Nicky Morgan and Elizabeth Truss.

Something odd has happened to Baroness (Tina) Stowell. She’s been promoted to leader of the house of lords, so she ought to be a cabinet member too. But the government has quietly downgraded her job so it is no longer a full cabinet post.

That means that Baroness Stowell no longer gets a cabinet salary so will get paid less than her male predecessor, Lord Hill. (more…)

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May 27, 2014 4 Comments By Patrick Worrall

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